Ex-LAPD officer sentenced to 40 years to life in 2015 murder of man outside bar

Henry Solis, 32, a probationary officer who was off-duty at the time of the killing, fled to Mexico and was arrested two months later.
Henry Solis,  Mearl Lottma
Henry Solis, a former Los Angeles police officer, left, appears with his attorney Mearl Lottman in Los Angeles Superior Court in June 2015. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via AP, file

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By Phil Helsel

A former Los Angeles police officer who was convicted of killing a man in 2015 while off duty outside a Southern California bar has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.

Henry Solis, 32, was a probationary officer at the time of the March 13, 2015, killing in downtown Pomona. He was subsequently fired.

He was convicted of second-degree murder by a jury in February and sentenced Wednesday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said in a statement.

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Solis got into a fight with Salome Rodriguez, 23, then "pursued Rodriguez on foot and shot him multiple times," according to a murder warrant filed in the case. The district attorney's office said Solis was standing outside the bar before he pursued and killed Rodriguez.

Solis fled to Mexico and was arrested two months after the slaying.

Federal authorities said Solis' father walked his son into Mexico using a pedestrian bridge at the Paso Del Norte border crossing in Texas and then lied about it to investigators.

Victor Manuel Solis was charged with making a false statement to law enforcement. He was convicted by a jury in June 2015 and sentenced to three years' probation and a $1,000 fine, according to court documents.

Pomona is a city of around 150,000 east of Los Angeles.